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Im confused about how one manages to travel around Russia for extended periods of time, as I'm finding you need an invitation to get in (understand this), and the location of your accomodation to be stated as well (don't understand this!).
I wish to ride from Georgia to St Petersburg but don;t know how I'm supposed to specify all my accomodation prior!?
Previous backpacking I've just made it up as I went.
It's all to do with the visa type. You don't want a "Tourist" visa as you might think but a "Business" one - which despite its name doesn't really need a business purpose.
Getting a business visa for 3 months (or longer) is relatively easy if somewhat beaurocratic and a bit expensive. The necessary Letter of Invitation can be bought on line (I used Stantours but there are many others) and after that it is simply visit the embassy in Sydney and spend more money.
Search this site and you'll find the full details or PM me and I'll send you my mobile (I'm in Newcastle) so I can talk you through it.
Whhen you apply visa to Russia you can basicly have three different kind of visas: Culture, tourist or business visa.
I have had two of those kinds, culture and business visa. i suppose it depends little bit which agency you use to apply visa what visa you get. I always apply one year, multientry visa (as i live about 300 km from Russia and do every year several trips there with motorcycle). I know some finnish motorcyclist once run into problems when some of the group had business visa and they were on motorcycle trip. They had to drive to nearest border guard/police station to clear things up. People from same group with tourist or culture visas had just paper check on the spot. So if someone recommends i would advice to apply tourist or culture visa.
When you apply Russian visa you are normally asked to enter three different locations of your travel. Those locations are not normally never checked so just put some cites where you might visit Like St.Petersburg, Moscow, Volgograd.
You need to have letter of invitation to Russia. There are lot of companies writing those letters.
I see you are listed as from Wollongong, so I am guess you are an Aussie, like me.
I got a LOI for a six month Multi Entry busisness visa from Stantours (mostly because of all the advice I got for free) and sent it to Russian consulate in Sydney. About 2 weeks to turn around. No issues with any entry or exits, which did three of.
2 months ago we got the tourist visa for one month with 2 entries.
Invitation is easy to get by internet (we paid 10€/person) and it covers all your stay in Russia.
But a very important thing ,if you travel by motorbike, is that, in both the invitation and your visa request, must indicate "autoturism" (intead of "tourism") and the invitation must have a remark where indicates you are travelling with your own motorbike. So, be as clear as possible when you talk with the travel agency to request the invitation.
At least, this is for UE citizens
Im confused about how one manages to travel around Russia for extended periods of time
You don't say what the duration of your trip is but mention extended visit.
Just so you know the tourist visa is only valid for 30 days and outside of your own country you can only apply for a new transit visa which is valid only for 10 days.
So if you plan on going for more than 30 days go for the more expensive business visa if possible, but an application for this may not be successful.
I applied for one and could not get it, so had to settle for the 30 days double entry tourist visa.
If you overstay your visa it’s really not as bad as people make out, you don’t get arrested, deported, shot or sent to a gulag You must turn yourself in (don’t risk getting caught or it will be worse) if the lapsed time is quite short (a few days) the immigration office will deal with you. If it’s a lot longer (34 days like me ) the immigration office will take you to court. However this is also not so bad (even though I panicked at the time, hind sight is an amazing thing) I got a new transit visa and told to leave the country (and sternly warned to make sure I was OUT by said date) got a 2000 rouble fine, and banned from returning to Russia for 6 months. So no train smash, but it is a hassle and will cost you (however it was worth it in my case)
You now have more information if needed. I am not recommending it, just giving you some details, but hopefully you will get out in time.
rules as of 2011 is you have register within 7 working days so with a bit of thought you get 9 days , they dont seam to be as uptight about it as they used to be if you have gaps in your registration just tell them you have been camping , if i have large gaps in mine i try to register again a few days before i leave so there is something more upto- date to show them at the border
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